Got all dressed up last week for the @thesun Millie Awards in London
A huge honour to present an award with for Hero at Home award.
I am proud to have served in the British Army and it was fantastic to be back with my military “family”
Commander Andy Parkinson’s incredible quick thinking, cool head and first rate training helped him save the life of a drowning woman in utterly jaw-dropping circumstances. Last July, as he celebrated his birthday on his boat in Universal Marina, on the River Hamble, Cdr Parkinson heard screams of distress. A woman had been knocked from her vessel and swept under the hull by strong currents where her life jacket had lodged her fast beneath the surface.Her desperate husband – whose own life jacket was preventing him getting to his trapped wife - was screaming for help.
Cdr Parkinson raced to the scene, and immediately tried yanking her free, but unknown to him her life jacket harness had become entangled in the propeller. She was stuck fast, unable to breath and was now slowly drowning.He dived in and tried again, but the current and her entanglement made all attempts hopeless.
Surfacing, he ordered an ambulance be called and demanded a knife.
Plunging back under the yacht with the blade he then masterfully punctured the lifejacket’s inflation chambers so he could pull the woman, now unconscious, to the surface.
He then used rigging to keep her afloat, before boarding the boat, turning the engine off and hitting the emergency VHF button alerting the Coastguard who contacted the Marina. Then with “near superhuman” strength Cdr Parkinson used further yacht rigging to create a harness before singlehandedly hauling her near lifeless body from the surface three feet below onto a pontoon. Using his training he performed an abdominal squeeze to force river water from her body, which miraculously re-triggered her breathing. He gave her further first aid before paramedics arrived. The woman has since made a full recovery thanks to the singlehanded heroism of Cdr Parkinson.
AWESOME 👏🏽 #career #millies #nightout #military #awards #britisharmy #proud #heros